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Health Care Reform, One Year Later

03/25/11

  12:03:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Care Reform, One Year Later

This week marks the first anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – so if you see any parades around your neighborhood this weekend, you’ll know why. (Just kidding.) But as the initial provisions of health care reform – i.e., the exclusion of lifetime maximums, the increase in dependent age to 26 – begin to take effect, its future remains something of a question mark.

The 2010 elections results in a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and the party wasted no time in disputing the legitimacy of the PPACA. Though an attempt to repeal the legislation died in the Senate, GOP members continue to look for ways to hinder its forward momentum, be it through defunding or legally challenging its constititionality. Or arguing that reform simply isn’t working as advertised.

ABC News reports that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a Cincinnati Enquirer op-ed, offer a list of broken health care promises made by the Obama administration. These broken promises, they say, “illustrate why so many Americans continue to support a full repeal… followed by common-sense reforms that will actually lower costs, improve care, and protect jobs.”

Democrats sees things differently, of course, and members of the Obama administration as well as reform advocates are talking up the benefits of the PPACA. Health Care for America Now will host events in 33 states to, in the group’s words, “raise awareness of the law’s new consumer protections and benefits that are holding insurance companies accountable and lowering costs for millions of families.”

What hasn’t changed much in the past 12 months is the nation’s perception of health care reform in its present form. According to a Kaiser Health News poll, over half of Americans oppose the PPACA – relatively unchanged from this time last year.

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